N39.3: Stress incontinence

You are no longer able to hold in your urine properly.

The bladder sits low down in the abdomen and collects the urine. The urine is produced in the two kidneys. The urine flows from the kidneys into the bladder via the ureters. When you pass water, the urine flows from the bladder via the urethra and out.

There are two sphincter muscles on the urethra. One where the urethra joins the bladder, and one that surrounds the urethra. When these sphincter muscles contract the urine is retained in the body.

There are various reasons why people are no longer able to hold in their urine properly. The abdomen tightens when sneezing, coughing or laughing. This also increases pressure in the bladder. Your sphincter muscles are not strong enough to retain the urine. So you unintentionally pass some urine.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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